Fauci Tussles Verbally With Republican Lawmakers, Calls Roger Marshall ‘Moron’

Two Republican senators were attacked by Dr. Anthony Fauci in a pair of heated exchanges Tuesday. One accused the other of attacking him for political gain, while the other called the other “a moron” after being asked about his finances at a Senate hearing.

Senators Roger Marshall and Rand Paul attended a hearing about the federal response to Omicron’s variant of Covid-19. As the Biden administration faces increasing probe, rising hospitalization rates, testing difficulties and messaging exasperation.

After Paul attempted to portray Fauci as a “dangerous” government official at the hearing, the White House chief Medical Advisor and top infectious Disease Expert stated that such rhetoric “kindles the crazies” and has resulted in threats against the latter’s family.

“What happens when he gets out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue is that all of a sudden that kindles the crazies out there and I have life — threats upon my life — harassment of my family, and my children, with obscene phone calls because people are lying about me,” Fauci said.

“So I asked myself, ‘Why would Senator want to do this?’ So, go to Rand Paul website. And you see, ‘Fire Dr. Fauci’ with a little box that says, ‘contribute here,’ you can do $5, $10, $20, $100. So you are making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain,” Fauci added.

Fauci slammed Marshall as well, in retort to the Kansas Republican’s accusation that he withheld financial disclosure forms.

“You’re so misinformed, it’s extraordinary,” an obviously aggravated Fauci clapped back at Marshall. After the argument, Fauci was caught saying “what a moron. Jesus Christ” on a live microphone.

During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360,” Fauci stated that public health officials “should be having to respond to tough questions.”

“And yet, the only thing that came out of Sen. Rand Paul and, to some extent, Sen. Roger Marshall, were ad hominems, which does nothing but distract from what we really need to be doing,” he added.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services responded by blaming GOP leaders for allegedly contributing to the spread of misinformation.

“At a time when America is seeing rising COVID cases, it’s disappointing and frankly unacceptable that Republican Senators chose to spend a hearing with the country’s leading public health experts spreading conspiracy theories and lies about Dr. Fauci, rather than how we protect people from COVID-19,” spokesman Ian Sams said.

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